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Unread 09-13-2007, 06:11 AM   #1
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Why so cheap?

Hey I'm lookin to buy a new guitar, I've been lookin around and Sweetwater and Music 123 sell the guitar cheaper than any other place. I don't know much about either place. Why can they sell their instruments so much cheaper? Are they good places to deal with? Just lookin for a lil help.

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Unread 09-13-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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I just checked out their website and their prices aren't that different from Guitar Center.
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Unread 09-13-2007, 12:57 PM   #3
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MF and GC are owned by the same company. They're prices will always be the same. Music123 is also owned by the same company.

Big places like them get better deals on the guitar since they buy them in such bulk. That's the short story of why they are cheaper. Of the two, I'd go with Sweetwater ff the price is the same. Better customer service, less chance of error.
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Unread 09-13-2007, 01:56 PM   #4
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GC seems to be the best at CS, in my experience. At least at the phyisical stores, they give you unbiased advice on some preferences that they personally have, unlike MF's reviews which are written purely to sell the product.
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The key to great tone is really found in the kind of hand soap that you use.
For years I used a typical off-the-shelf bar-type soap and I had no idea that, even though I rinsed properly and thoroughly after every cleansing, there was still a soap scum residue on my hands and fingers.
This negatively affected my tone in ways that I just can't describe.
Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
The difference in my guitar's sound is so wickedly improved that I no longer feel the need to buy a new amp or pedals or even strings...EVER!
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Unread 09-13-2007, 01:59 PM   #5
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GC seems to be the best at CS, in my experience. At least at the phyisical stores, they give you unbiased advice on some preferences that they personally have, unlike MF's reviews which are written purely to sell the product.
this will vary heavily from store to store.
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Unread 09-13-2007, 02:03 PM   #6
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Sweetwater is definitely the way to go.
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Unread 09-13-2007, 05:05 PM   #7
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Sweetwater is definitely the way to go.
But Sweetwater doesn't carry Visual Sound pedals...
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The key to great tone is really found in the kind of hand soap that you use.
For years I used a typical off-the-shelf bar-type soap and I had no idea that, even though I rinsed properly and thoroughly after every cleansing, there was still a soap scum residue on my hands and fingers.
This negatively affected my tone in ways that I just can't describe.
Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
The difference in my guitar's sound is so wickedly improved that I no longer feel the need to buy a new amp or pedals or even strings...EVER!
So, it's my belief that tone is in the soap.
Thank you and goodnight.
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Unread 09-13-2007, 05:49 PM   #8
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That is because Sweetwater is kinda pointed towards the more professional musicians out there. For anything that you cannot find on Sweetwater you look on Elderly for the what you are looking for then go to the local music store then as a last resort visit MF/GC/Music123.
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That is because Sweetwater is kinda pointed towards the more professional musicians out there.
erm...I'm pretty sure that's not the reason they don't carry VS pedals.
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I bought a bag for my GNX3000 from sweetwater once, and they emailed me to ask if it arrived fine, I don't think I responed, and they called me maybe 4 or 5 times to ask if everything went well and what they can do to improve untill I told them to stop calling.
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Sweetwater is definitely the way to go.
Amen. I got my VG Strat from there. Bob Mondok is my go to guy there. You can always ask them to beat any deal out there. And since you're looking at guitars, they may even have a picture of your actual guitar. In fact, if there's more than one of what you're looking at, you can choose which one you want. I think they also do a better setup than the other major online sellers.
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Unread 09-14-2007, 06:22 AM   #12
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Ok thanks for all the help, I guess I'm goin with sweetwater.
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But Sweetwater doesn't carry Visual Sound pedals...
They do carry a limited number of brands. They do cater to pro musicians but I don't think that is why they don't carry the VS brand. Their main target and expertise seems to be in pro-sound equipment. They don't try to carry everything like MF does.
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They do carry a limited number of brands. They do cater to pro musicians but I don't think that is why they don't carry the VS brand. Their main target and expertise seems to be in pro-sound equipment. They don't try to carry everything like MF does.
Yes, for years Sweetwater's target market was semi-pro and pro-a/v and not bargain-shopping novice musicians that MF seems to have a commanding share of. It seems only over the last few years have Sweetwater expanded their product line to attract some of the MF crowd so that might be why they don't have as large a selection as GC/MF.
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Yes, for years Sweetwater's target market was semi-pro and pro-a/v and not bargain-shopping novice musicians that MF seems to have a commanding share of. It seems only over the last few years have Sweetwater expanded their product line to attract some of the MF crowd so that might be why they don't have as large a selection as GC/MF.
Then again, MF and GC don't carry Mesa or Orange, either.
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The key to great tone is really found in the kind of hand soap that you use.
For years I used a typical off-the-shelf bar-type soap and I had no idea that, even though I rinsed properly and thoroughly after every cleansing, there was still a soap scum residue on my hands and fingers.
This negatively affected my tone in ways that I just can't describe.
Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
The difference in my guitar's sound is so wickedly improved that I no longer feel the need to buy a new amp or pedals or even strings...EVER!
So, it's my belief that tone is in the soap.
Thank you and goodnight.
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